Al Bello/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Will American toilet paper help the New York Jets win in London?
The Jets wanted to make sure they could create a home away from home as much as possible for the game against the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, all the way down to the toilet paper.
According to the New York Times, a shopping list indicates the National Football League team had ordered 350 rolls of toilet paper to be shipped across the pond including other items like specialized cereal and hot sauce.
The writer of the article, Ben Shpigel, told BBC that an intern who visited London a few times had indicated to the team that "the toilet paper was very thin because their plumbing isn't as good."
The report also indicates the chef at the London hotel they will be staying at was flown to the U.S. to learn how to adequately prepare food for the team.
“Some may say that’s a little over the top or whatnot, but it didn’t really cost that much, so why not?” Aaron Degerness, the Jets' senior manager of team operations, told the New York Times. “We’re basically trying to replicate everything that we’re doing here over there.”
Elsa/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- Campus visits for recruits at the University of Louisville involved strippers and hookers according to a new book.
The University of Louisville and the NCAA are investigating allegations made in a new tell-all book that say a former director of basketball operations paid for escorts for Cardinals recruits.
Yahoo Sports first reported the book's publication. The soon-to-be-published book is called Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen, and it alleges Director of Basketball Operations Andre McGee repeatedly hired a woman named Katina Powell to provide recruits with escorts.
"We're still trying to uncover the facts," Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said during a news conference Friday. "We want to get to the bottom of it as much as anybody does ... and we will."
According to ESPN, officials are investigating the allegations with the NCAA already speaking to LSU freshman Antonio Blakeney about his time during a recruiting visit for the school.
Below is the full statement from the University of Louisville, according to ABC News affiliate WHAS-TV.
The University of Louisville first learned of these allegations when the Indianapolis Business Journal contacted the University’s sports information department seeking comment in late August.
The University was shocked to hear of the allegations. The University’s athletics compliance department was immediately notified. Chuck Smrt of the Compliance Group was retained to conduct a thorough, objective review of this information. Mr. Smrt is an outside expert who has 34 years of NCAA regulatory experience, including over 17 years with the NCAA enforcement staff.
In coordination with the University’s legal counsel and faculty athletics representative, Mr. Smrt’s review was quickly launched to assess the validity of the information and the potential for any NCAA rules violations. The University, on its own initiative, notified the NCAA Enforcement Staff regarding this matter and has been in regular communication with them.
Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images(ZURICH) -- Major sponsors for FIFA are calling for Sepp Blatter's resignation, but he's still not backing down.
FIFA sponsor McDonald's issued a statement on Friday saying the FIFA president should resign "immediately," following the football organization's continued effort for reform after scandal surrounded the governing body.
Swiss authorities have been investigating Blatter specifically for misappropriation and criminal mismanagement of FIFA money.
"The events of recent weeks have continued to diminish the reputation of FIFA and public confidence in its leadership," said the statement. "We believe it would be in the best interest of the game for FIFA President Sepp Blatter to step down immediately so that the reform process can proceed with the credibility that is needed."
Coca-Cola reportedly also issued a similar statement.
Another sponsor, Anheuser-Busch InBev, followed the other sponsors and said Blatter's presence in the organization was "an obstacle in the reform process."
"AB InBev has been actively engaged on the FIFA reform process both as part of a sponsor group including Adidas, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and VISA, and on an individual basis through continued conversations with the organization," read a statement. "We intend to continue to do so until the reform process has been completed."
Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Already one of the most successful franchises in professional sports, the New York Yankees joined an exclusive group on Thursday night, winning their 10,000th game.
Just the eighth team to win 10,000, the Yankees used the milestone victory to clinch a playoff berth, beating the Boston Red Sox 4-1. New York already held the best winning percentage of any franchise in Major League Baseball, along with the most division titles, the most league pennants, the most World Series victories and the most playoff appearances.
With just 7,567 losses to go with their 10,000 wins, the Yankees' all-time win percentage climbed to 56.9 percent.
Only the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates have won more games all-time than the Yankees. Each of those franchises, though, was established before 1900, while the Yankees were founded in 1903.
Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The Golden State Warriors announced Thursday that head coach Steve Kerr would take a leave of absence as he recovers from back surgery.
Kerr underwent a procedure to repair a ruptured disc in July and had a follow-up surgery in September, according to the team website. He continues to undergo rehabilitation and recovery in the aftermath of his surgeries.
"At this point, the most important thing is to make sure Steve is healthy, completely recovered and ready for not only the rigors of a long NBA season, but day-to-day life in general," Warriors General Manager Bob Myers said. He noted that the recovery process is not expected to be longterm, though no precise timeline was provided.
"After the first two days of training camp, I realized I need to take a step back and focus on my rehabilitation," Kerr explained.
In Kerr's absence, the team's lead assistant coach Luke Walton will serve as interim coach.